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Saturday November 19th 2016
CHRISTMAS SHOW & SALE OF 112 CATTLE
comprising of 6 Cows & Heifers with Calves at foot, 80 Store Cattle, 20 Cull Cattle
Judged by Brad Thompson, Pickering; Cull Cows judged by John Lancaster, Thoralby.
Kindly Sponsored by N Hammond (Butcher), Bainbridge, Phillip Holden (Rural), Hawes and Barnard Castle, and Crown Hotel, Hawes.
The Champion & winner of the Crown Hotel Trophy was a Blonde X Heifer from Thomas Iveson, Hawes, which sold for £1310 to Brad Thompson, Pickering.
The Blonde Society would like to thank Hawes Auction Mart for their report and photograph.
Young Show Stars
The young show Stars was held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern in April 2016. The team selected by the society in November 2015 was Melissa Donaldson (Donaldson Herd), Sean Mitchell (Hutton Herd) and Lucy Corner (Lucyland Herd). The competition has various sections on which the teams are judged, from the cattle being unloaded to showing them, a stock judging section as well as a promotional stand to be erected by the team.
Once the team had been selected, we all put our heads together (the advantages of facebook) and hatched a plan. We needed sponsorship, cattle with transport, accommodation and ideas for our stand.
We were overwhelmed by the offers of support we received, Armstrong Richardson, I’Anson, Paragon Vets, NFU, The Blonde Society, The Northern Blonde Club, The North East Blonde Club and Skelton YFC all sponsored us in various ways which we were tremendously grateful for.
Next and most importantly we needed to source cattle and a way of getting them and us to the show! Melissa and Mark to the rescue. Melissa kindly let us use two of her heifers, Donaldson Lilly and Donaldson Lulu. Mark Preston (Melissa brother) volunteered to be the cow taxi, and Alison Mitchell the human taxi.
Accommodation is provided by the show for the cattle thankfully! However we needed somewhere to sleep... SOS Caroline Jackson. The Blonde Society very kindly found us a guest house and paid for us to stay.
Over the next few weeks the three of us spent a lot of time on facebook thinking of ideas for the stand, sourcing and buying accessories, there was definitely a theme of green and yellow!
The cattle arrived. They were washed, bedded up, fed and settled in.
Next was the mammoth task of erecting our stand. How many times can you put up and take down banners!! Certain props were needed, so this mission was assigned to 003.5 Mark Preston, before long he returned with the wood in question! Finally after many attempts the stand was complete!
The last task of Day 1 was the stock judging competition, we all judged 6 show potential calves with Sean going on to give his reasons to the Master Judge.
First the heifers were to clip and prepare for showing. All this under the constant scrutiny of judges. All three of us were involved in the preparation of the cattle, working together to make them and us look our best! The standard of the cattle, stands and competitors were extremely high. Which led to a very tense and anxious although enjoyable friendly all round atmosphere.
With our perfectly preened cattle and our wonderfully white coats we headed to the ring. The team had to be split into a spokesperson and two showmen. Sean being the gobby, charming one was voted to be spokesman! While Melissa and I were in charge of trying to show the cattle to the best of our ability.
Under the tense spotlight and being watched by hundreds of people Sean magnificently answered very difficult questions about the blonde breed, agriculture today and in the future.
After a very tense X factor style finish the results were in. We were placed a very respectable 8th out of 23 entries.
As a team we would like to give special thanks to our support crew of Alison Taylor, Mark Preston, Fiona Corner, Caroline Jackson and Pip Rodgers and his wife.
We all had a great time.
Click here to see more photos on our facebook page
Housewives Choice today at Hilltown Marts, Christmas Show and Sale was a Blonde Heifer from the Callaghan Family, Kilkeel. She weighed in at 682kg and was later Sold to The Milestone Rathfriland for an Impressive £2750.
Blonde Cross Cattle
It has been a bumper week for trade in quality blonde cross cattle.
Richard Powell of W.K Powell & Son Animal Feeds, Keady, Armagh won the championship at Markethill Livestock Mart on Thursday night. The roan heifer was bred by Conor Savage of Gledney Blondes and sold for £2500 weighing 704Kg. Richard generously donated all proceeds to the Children's Heart Beat Trust Charity, Belfast. To help and accommodate family's in both north and south of Ireland who have children with congenital heart disease.
Well done Richard!
Richard also sold the black heifer in the photos for £1700 bred by Martin McGuigan, Dungannon.
Both heifers were 21 months old and sold as suck calves at the Blonde calf sale in Dungannon just over a year ago.
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